Local Solutions for a Global Economy

Fairness Award

The Annual Fairness Award Ceremony is held each Fall at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC. The award ceremony honors exceptional leaders whose work and life have opened opportunity and access for the working poor throughout the world. By honoring these outstanding individuals, GFI looks to inspire a new generation of leaders to dedicate themselves to economic justice, fairness, and equality.

2014 Fairness Award

  • Mr. Robert Zoellick - President of the World Bank (2007-2012): Honoree
  • Mr. Karl-Johan Persson - President and CEO of H&M: Honoree
  • Ms. Nani Zulminarni - Founder of PEKKA, Indonesia: Honoree
  • To learn about the 2014 Fairness Award and to view the full photograph slideshow visit the 2014 Fairness Award Website at www.fairnessaward.org


    2013 Fairness Award
  • Her Excellency Tarja Halonen - President of Finland (2000-2012): Honoree
  • Susan Berresford - President of the Ford Foundation (1996-2007): Honoree
  • Zeinab Al-Momani - President of Specific Union for Women Farmers in Jordan: Honoree
  • Thank you to all of our sponsors, guests and distinguished presenters and congratulations to the 2013 Fairness Award Honorees.

    2012 Fairness Award
  • Her Excellency Joyce Banda - President of the Republic of Malawi: Honoree
  • The Honorable Melanne Verveer - Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues: Honoree
  • Ms. Lucy Kanu - Founder, Idea Builders: Honoree
  • His Excellency José María Figueres - President of Costa Rica (1994-1998): Presenter
  • The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen - US Senator for New Hampshire: Presenter
  • The Honorable John Podesta - Chair, Center for American Progress: Presenter
  • Mr. Jim Vance - Anchor, Washington's News 4: Master of Ceremonies
  • 2011 Fairness Award
  • Ms. Albina Ruiz - Founder, Ciudad Saludable: Honoree
  • His Excellency José María Figueres Olsen - President of Costa Rica (1994-1998): Presenter
  • Ms. Maureen Bunyan - Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV: Mistress of Ceremonies
  • 2010 Fairness Award
  • Ms. Ela Bhatt - Founder, Self Employed Women's Association of India: Honoree
  • Honorable Hillary R. Clinton - Secretary of State of the United States (2009-2013): Presenter